Theodore Beaubrun

Theodore Beaubrun Biography

Theodore Beaubrun (1918-1998) - Haitian comedian and actor.

Theodore Beaubrun was one of the best Haitian comedians that ever lived.

Theodore Beaubrun was the head of the National Theatre in Haiti

Theodore Beaubrun was the Haitian George Jefferson.

Theodore Beaubrun was known by his character name "Languichatte Debordus".

His sitcom Languichatte Au 20eme Sciecle (Languichatte inthe 20th Century) was the only source of Haitian laughter for an entire generation.

Below - As posted in a New York Times Article:

"In a career that spanned more than 40 years, Mr. Beaubrun delighted generations of Haitians with his sardonic comedy on radio, television and in films. His comedy transcended class and color differences. He also was able to retain his popularity under the various governments that came to power in Haiti, not a small feat in a country where some artists were discredited and others killed for their political associations."

Theodore Beaubrun was born in Port-au-Prince,on Dec. 26, 1918, Mr. Beaubrun began his career in 1942 by publishing a weekly pamphlet of his comic works. He later moved into theater writing and also performed in various musicals and plays. In the 1960's, he created one of the first Haitian television shows.

One of his more famous routines depicted a typical middle-class Haitian family, with the father sitting on a rocking chair reading his newspaper, his wife sewing and his two children playing. The father suddenly declares that if he wins the lottery his life would consist of living in Paris, drinking champagne and courting beautiful women. When the impertinent son asks what would happen if the father doesn't win the lottery, the father replies, ''Well, it would be Port-au-Prince, Haitian liquor and your mother.''

(Garry Pierre Pierre, The New York Times, July 1998)

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